HARRISBURG- Twenty-three pitchers competed in the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show’s horseshoe pitching contest on Thursday, Jan. 15, hosted by the Pennsylvania National Horseshoe Pitching Association.
Participants were divided into two classes and into 30 and 40-foot pitching distances. Spectators were able to join in the fun in the practice pits.
The “A” Class pitchers were divided into 30 and 40-foot pitching distances. Steve Strausbaugh of Manchester won the 40-foot division with five wins and zero losses, receiving $70 in prize money. Strausbaugh, a nine-year member of the association, has been pitching horseshoes since the age of 12.
Darle Esh of Milroy won the 30-foot division in the “A” Class with five wins and zero losses, receiving $50 in prize money.
In the “B” Class, Frank McAllen of Shippensburg won the 40-foot division with four wins and one loss, earning $50 in prize money. Noel Reese of Petersburg won the 30-foot division in the “B” Class with five wins and zero losses, receiving $30 in prize money.
Long-time pitcher, Harold Clippinger of Mt. Holly Springs, won the competition in 1950 and 1955 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The competition was not offered at the show for nearly 50 years but was reintroduced in 2007.
To compete at the horseshoe pitching contest at the Farm Show, each competitor must have entered in three sanctioned events in the previous year. The Pennsylvania NHPA members encourage people to enjoy the sport, recognizing it is fun for all ages.
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